organized by Magdalena Kallenberger
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Filmmakers and artists are invited to present and discuss their works or favourite films dealing with the topic.
95 Min | animation | 2007
Jörg Hommer (Germany) will present a selection of his films exploring the borders of documentary practice.
4’35 Min | Shortdocumentary, Experimentalfilm | 2007
The film had its world premiere at the 58th Berlin International Film Festival.
75 Min | documentary | 2007
INSPIRED BY A TRUE STORY … In 1996 in the algerian mountains, caught between a military government and extremist guerrilas, a group of monks face the decision of their lives.
Juliane Henrich (Berlin/Germany) will present a selection of her experimental short films exploring the borders of documentary practice.
In IN PLACE made in Israel 2010 – the observing filmmaker guides the viewer through her own perception of the place. A voiceover-text is reflecting on the things that are seen. The question is raised of how a foreign country loaded with historical implications can be described and how a picture can ever state accuracy. Somnambular images shot with a camera-obscura-like apparatus maintain in their indirectness the impression of a silent observer that is within yet never fully a part of the scene.
IN PLACE is a film about Israel but even more about photography and the difficulty of documenting.
Before there were cell phones witnessing history in the making, there were video cameras. In December 1989, the future of Romania was up in the air. It was also on the air. During a televised speech, Nicolae Ceauşescu stopped speaking and looked off-camera, confused. The broadcast cut briefly to an empty red screen, until eventually his speech resumed. The (televised) revolution had begun—even if exactly what had happened was unclear. These images are among the last ones shot for Romanian state television. Filmmakers Harun Farocki and Andrei Ujică assembled them along with footage shot by amateurs and newsreel cameramen to reconstruct a chronology of events leading to the fall of the Ceauşescus. The result is a fascinating portrait of how confusing and chaotic history is in the making—in front of a camera and on the television screen. It is also an important reminder of the context for the revolution in Romanian cinema some twenty years later. —Kathy Geritz
Current Townhouse Gallery resident Alessandro Quaranta will show a selection of videoworks created in the last years.
On the basis of Alessandro Quaranta‘s works there is always an urgency: the necessity to rise what is absent on the investigated matter. His works, video-installations and photography, frequently originate from collaborations in which the result is closely connected with the timeframe required to meet, involve and create personal relations.
Sonja Lau is an independent curator based in Berlin. For the lecture series „Reflections on …“, she will present the experimental documentary film IT FELT LIKE A KISS by acclaimed British filmmaker Adam Curtis, followed by a discussion.
Consisting exclusively of ‚found media’ – Hollywood film excerpts, archive, amateur and journalist footage – and an incessant flow of popular music from the 50ies and 60ies, IT FELT LIKE A KISS provokes a disturbing genre, settled somewhere between documentary, nouvelle vague and postmodern horror.
As Adam Curtis claims, it is the ironic story „of an enchanted world that was built by American power as it became supreme” – “a ghost story where unexpected forces, veiled by the American Dream, come out from the dark to haunt you…”
It is also a film about the power of the image a such, the dialectics between building history and imagery. A virtue and dilemma alike, which, in the face of today’s political transformation, suggests to be reviewed and discussed anew.
IT FELT LIKE A KISS was initially produced as part of an immersive theatre production by the „Punchdrunk Collective“. It was screened in 2009 at the heart of a abandonned office building during the Manchester International Festival, and, due to both conceptual and copyright issues, never released ever since. The screening will give a rare chance to view this work, which is also the first ‚artist film’ of documentarist Adam Curtis („The Century of the Self“, 2002, „The Power of Nightmares“, 2004).
IT FELT LIKE A KISS. D: Adam Curtis. 2009, 54’, various formats transferred to HD. Produced by BBC and the Manchester International Festival.
Current Townhouse Gallery resident Kaya Behkalam will, among other works, show two recent videos, one of which has been produced during his stay in Cairo. Both films negotiate the question in how far we can imagine and create patterns of enactment beyond the known – emancipated from the past.
In The negotiation a group of actors rehearse a play set in an unnamed revolutionary setting; they are confronted with the problematic relationship between language and action, the theatrical and the political.
Curfew Conversations makes the empty streets of post-revolutionary Cairo after midnight the center stage of a dialogue on (sub)conscious connections between collective dreamscapes and political agency.